Dear Colleagues:

With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), The National Science Foundation Division of Graduate Education (DGE) in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) and the Division of Materials Research (DMR) in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) invites requests for supplemental funding from existing awardees of NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program (NSF 21-536) and Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) program (NSF 21-510) to collaborate and form new partnerships to enhance efforts to broaden participation in materials research in any research field supported by DMR and NRT.

Supplemental funding requests from partnering institutions in each program should represent mutual benefit and true intellectual collaboration between NRT and PREM. The NRT program aims to broaden participation through the development of interdisciplinary and/or convergent approaches to graduate research and traineeships that emphasize teamwork, communication, ethics, and cross-disciplinary experiences designed to prepare diverse graduates to tackle societally relevant challenges. The PREM program aims to broaden participation through the development of pathways for the recruitment, retention, and graduation of undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs from underrepresented groups in STEM through partnerships in research and education with DMR-supported centers and facilities.

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